After starting the season strong and then lulling into a bit of an offensive lapse, Boston Bruins right-winger Nathan Horton
has heated up again at the perfect time in Boston’s 2010-11 campaign.
With only 19 games remaining on the Bruins' regular season schedule and second place in the East within a game’s reach, Horton’s offensive power has been well visible on the ice of late.
The 6-foot-2, 229-pound forward has a three-game goal streak heading into tomorrow night’s tilt with the second place Tampa Bay Lightning.
Last night, in Boston’s 1-0 victory in Ottawa, Horton scored the lone tally 1:43 into the third period. His wrist shot sailed past Senators goaltender Craig Anderson and gave Horton his 18th goal of the season.
] made a nice play behind the net there and I got it back to [Adam] McQuaid and he put it on net,” Horton said of his goal. “And [Brad Marchand
] was there with the screen and that’s what we talk about, just getting pucks on the net and having screens and getting bounces.”
Since being reunited after B’s center Marc Savard
was sidelined due to a concussion, the B’s line of Milan Lucic
-David Krejci-Horton, has led Boston on their recent rampage through Canada.
Last night’s win concluded the Bruins’ six-game road swing that sent them from the east coast to the west and back again, with stops in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver along the way. Boston finished the trip a perfect 6-0.
Combined, the Bruins’ top line has 9-13-22 scoring totals, three game-winning goals, seven multiple point games and a plus-18 over the last six games.
Lucic had a two-goal, three-point effort in his native Vancouver on Saturday, including the game-winning goal to give him 4-4-8 totals during the trip. Krejci also has eight points coming from one goal and seven assists over that span
Horton is close behind with a 4-2-6 line and a multiple-point effort against Ottawa on Feb. 18.
“These guys are unbelievable players, Luch and Krech -- we have so many great players and so much talent that we just come to the rink and have fun,” Horton said after last night’s game.
"I think that's the main thing. When you have fun good things happen."---Hannah Becker